Let’s Talk About The First Tomb Raider Trailer…

Hey look a new trailer to break down! It’s been awhile since something popped up that felt like it deserved one of these. Anyway, this week we got our first look at the new Tomb Raider movie starring Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander. It sure does look like a movie. Based on the video game series of the same name, Tomb Raider follows Lara Croft, an adventurer/archeologist/soldier?/model, who picks up in her late father’s footsteps after his untimely demise. Apparently Mr. Croft was all of those descriptors as well as a cryptologist, and has hidden the clues to his biggest find yet in all of the places you’d expect. You know, like a secret bunker under the family tomb.

The movie looks to take it’s inspiration from the well received 2013 video game reboot, which took a more serious and vicious tone than the prior series of games (or films for that matter). Lara, on her latest expedition, is shipwrecked on a long lost South Asian island where a group of mercenaries are trying to find some hidden treasure containing unlimited power. Your typical Saturday night. As you progress through the game you get more and more information about what is happening on this island all the while brutally murdering mercenaries before they can do the same to you. In fact, that was the one thing I kinda hated about the game. It seemed that the programmers really hated Lara. They would always kill her off in the most merciless of ways.

Example: 

Obviously the movie won’t have that happening (though I bet we get at least one dream sequence where we see one of these horrific deaths) but it does seem to show us just how rough they’ll be treating Lara. I would surmise that this is all part of Lara’s character arc. She can take the beating and still end up on top. Because if she doesn’t, man, that’s going to be one hell of a bummer of a movie.

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Episode #84 – That’s A Spot-On Brendan Fraser

RDT and Loren are back again to talk about the week’s pop culture news. They’re covering stories like:

  • RDT finally got his MoviePass card
  •  It sequel officially moving forward
  • Pretty much everyone is vying for the James Bond rights
  • Colin Trevorrow out for Star Wars: Episode 9
  • Rian Johnson reveals who The Last Jedi is… so did SW:TFA
  • Hunter returning… to SHIELD
  • ABC is rebooting Greatest American Hero this time with a female lead
  • CBS adapting LA Confidential as a tv series, will most likely screw it up
  • Big Brother: Celebrity Edition. Who ya got!?!?
  • Slade Wilson’s son cast in Arrow, will go by the name Kane Wolfman
  • Roy Harper is coming back to Star City
  • Veep to end after next season
  • Star Wars & Marvel movies will leave Netflix after the launch of the new Disney streaming service
  • Ryan Murphy will ruin a Cuckoo’s Nest prequel series focused on Nurse Ratchet for Netflix
  • Minka Kelly is Dove and Alan Ritchson is Hawk in Titans
  • Suicide Squad 2 taps Gavin O’Connor to Write and Direct
  • Zack Snyder will not be doing any press for Justice League
  • Drew Goddard writing, directing X-Force, will co-star Deadpool and Cable
  • JLaw coming back as Mystique “for the fans”… and buckets of money
  • Venom has been delayed

All that, the Weekly Watched, and all the usual tangents.

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Episode #82 – Roomba Salesman To The Galaxy

This week the guys have some of the week’s pop culture details to talk about. It’s so different from what they usual do. This week it’s stories like:

  • Omar Cuttin’: Michael K. Williams’ “Han Solo” Role cut during reshoots
  • Godzilla vs. Kong Will Have A Definitive Winner
  • Netflix financing Martin Scorsese’s next film, The Irishman
  • Guillermo Del Toro directed Fantastic Voyage remake on hold
  • Jay & Silent Bob Reboot starts shooting this fall
  • Apparently It is crazy scary
  • ST:D will be rated TV-MA
  • Supergirl season 3 is all about Mon-El’s return
  • Game Of Thrones director admits the show’s timeline is “straining plausibility”. Yeah, no shit
  • Netflix picks up Friends From College for season 2 for some reason
  • Stranger Things Creators Confirm Season 3 Is Happening. Yeah, no shit
  • Jamie Bell developing his own Jumper series. For some reason
  • Anna Diop Cast As Starfire In DC Digital Live-Action Titans
  • Disney Cast Members Immortalized their names in Star Wars Land superstructure
  • 17 new Joker projects crop up at the WB. Ok it’s more like 3
  • Shazam will not use digital age makeup and will cast 2 people
  • Lex Luthor cut from Justice League? One can hope
  • Tom Vaughan-Lawlor Cast as Ebony Maw in Avengers: Infinity War

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Episode #80 – Amorphous In Time

RDT was under the weather this week but that won’t stop us from bringing you all your Pop Culture News needs! Rick steps in to cover and he and Loren talk a whole bunch of news.

  • Alfre Woodard joins photorealistic Lion King remake
  • Milla Jovovich is the big bad in Hellboy
  • Jennifer Garner is…. Lady Taken!
  • Terminator reboot could deal with where the look of the Terminator came from
  • Tim Miller signs up for Neuromancer
  • Katie Holmes to star in movie version of The Secret
  • Shaft re-remake will be an action-comedy?
  • Cowboy/Ninja/Viking gets a release date
  • Bad Boys 3 pulled from the schedule
  • The Munsters return?
  • HIMYM spinoff, HIMYF, back in development again for a 3rd time
  • 24, but without Jack or CTU?
  • Is King of the Hill coming back?
  • Black Lightning casts its villain and he’s a real Moby Dick-head.
  • American Crime Story: Katrina gets new source material & casting
  • HBO offers “bug bounty” payment of $250k to hacker
  • FX gives Snowfall a second season
  • Karl Urban interested in Judge Dredd TV Series
  • GLOW renewed at Netflix, but Gypsy not getting Season 2
  • David Letterman returning to TV w/6-episode Netflix show
  • Coen Bros. are bringing a Western Anthology to Netflix
  • Netflix buys Millarworld
  • Disney launching their own streaming service
  • Snapchat series going to actual TV (in other news: Snapchat produces content)
  • SeeSo is dead Long live SeeSo?
  • Robert Kirkman closes deal with Amazon
  • Wonder Woman Blu Ray details & release date
  • Criterion releasing 100 Years of Olympic Films
  • Justice League reshoots lighten tone
  • James Wan on Aquaman – “water is hard!”
  • Ryan Reynolds drops first look at Cable in Deadpool 2
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming crosses 300m domestic
  • Riz Ahmed cast in Venom playing a “famous” Spider-Man character, but NOT Carnage.
  • Silver & Black get a release date
  • Avengers 4 starts production

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Weekend Watch – 08/11/2017

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).

 

Movies

Annabelle: Creation

Loren: I haven’t watched anything from The Conjuring-verse yet, so, this is waaaay down the list. I’m not as adamant that these movies fail (see Rick’s entry) but that’s really just because a good friend of mine is writing The Conjuring 2 spinoff The Crooked Man and I want good things for him.

RDT: Creepy doll? Yeah, I’m good.

Rick: I keep hoping for the failure of movies like these so the idea that everything needs a “Cinematic Universe” will go away. Also, go watch The Conjuring instead. It’s uniformly excellent.

Jen: How many of these creepy doll movies are there now? Whatever you just said, that’s one too many.


The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature

Loren: Hey uh, good for Katherine Heigl. Maybe this is how she gets back into Hollywood’s good graces, by just using her voice.

RDT: 

Rick: I feel like this movie is a waste if it doesn’t feature some sort of kid-friendly version of “O.P.P.”. Naughty By Nature could probably use the royalty check, too.

Jen: 1. I am sure my daughter will want to see this, so I’ll report back. 2. Creepy doll? Is this in the Conjuring-verse too? 3. I can’t help but think this is a dig at Disney as the bad guy wants to build an amusement park, right?


The Glass Castle

Loren: It may not be my cup of tea, but this looks excellent. I truly hope this stays on my radar.

RDT: Given the talent involved (Please check out Short Term 12, if you haven’t. It’s so well done.), I’m definitely in for this. Maybe even in theaters.

Rick: Listen to RDT. Short Term 12 is the real deal. This also looks great, and bonus points for realistic old-age makeup on Naomi Watts. Further bonus points for Naomi Watts for showing up in a movie that actually looks to be worth seeing.

Jen: This movie looks perfectly cast and I’ve read some interviews with the woman whose memoir it’s based on and it sounds like they really captured the essence. Sounds solid, I’m surprised we’re not seeing this one in December. Continue reading

Weekend Watch – 08/04/2017

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).

 

Movies

Detroit

Loren: How is this a story that is not more well known? This looks fantastic but I’d be lying if I didn’t only see that racist guy as the “son” that sings TLC in We’re The Millers. At any rate, in.

RDT: I know nothing of this story. The pedigree of the talent involved will definitely keep it on my radar. Maybe not in theaters, but definitely sooner than later streaming.

Rick: You put Kathryn Bigelow’s name on a movie and I’m already sold.

Jen: This is a slice of history I didn’t know much about so I’m glad it’s being highlighted with some serious talent behind it. Not exactly a popcorn movie, but I’m happy to check it out at some point.


The Dark Tower

Loren: This is just Last Action Hero under a different name. I want this to be good but I don’t have high hopes. Bummer.

RDT: I’ve read 7 of the 8 books (but only really enjoyed the first 4 and parts of the other 3 – it gets very, and needlessly, meta at one point…). Also haven’t read any of the comic books or short stories in this series (but am curious). I appreciate it’s a canonical sequel and not an adaptation. And I like, but don’t love, the casting. But, that all being said, nothing I’ve seen or read has gotten me excited for this movie. The runtime, 95 minutes, concerns me, as does the reports of production issues and extensive reshoots. That all being said, it’s still likely I’ll be seeing it this weekend. At the end of the day though, I’m thinking IT will be the better King movie of the year.

Rick: As someone who tried and failed to get into this series of novels (I love the first book, but I tapped out after the third), I’m not terribly excited about this. However, it does make my fantasy casting of Matthew McConaughey as Randall Flagg a reality, so it gets points for that. Also for putting Idris Elba front and center. He needs to be a bigger star than he is.

Jen: 


Wind River

Loren: I’m just glad to see Clint and Wanda going on their own adventures. This looks really solid, and I enjoyed Hell or High Water. When it hits streaming I’ll keep it in the queue.

RDT: It’s been a while since I’ve seen a really solid, adult drama (probably Hell or High Water). If reviews are good, and I have a couple hours to kill in the next week or two, and it’s playing at my local theater, I could see myself popping over there and giving it a watch.

Rick: Been waiting for this one for a while. Count me in.

Jen: From RDT’s description of a “really solid, adult drama” I thought, nope, not for me, but this trailer won me over. This looks great. Continue reading

Episode #78 – I’m Keeping This All In

This week the guys are back to talking about all the week’s news without a convention in sight! They’ve got you covered on all the news like:

  • Jared Leto tries to f*ck up another comic adaptation
  • It looks like they backed the truck up for Daniel Craig to do one last Bond flick
  • The Wick-iverse gets a Nikita like Ballerina
  • John Powell becomes the 3rd person ever to score a live-action Star Wars movie
  • James Cameron says he’ll be back for the next Terminator movies
  • Final IT trailer
  • ST:D adds a sibling contrivancy to it’s plot lines, plus Fuller’s original plan
  • No more Draco Malfoy on Team Flash
  • Remember when they said there would be no more flashbacks on Arrow? They lied
  • Mahershala Ali Will Star in True Detective Season 3… if there is one
  • John Stewart returns to stand up for HBO
  • Jennifer Aniston and Samuel L. look to return to TV
  • Matt Groening’s Disenchantment is an ‘Epic Fantasy’ for Netflix
  • Looks like the Snyders are officially out of the DCEU
  • Joey Mange won’t tell you if Deathstroke is in The Batman, even though he knows
  • Wonder Woman 2 strikes back December 2019
  • Capt. Marvel won’t grace us with her presence in Infinity War
  • Judy Greer will for Ant-Man and The Wasp however
  • Also, we got a bunch of Avengers tid bits.

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Episode #76 – You Guys Want To Go To Disneyland?

This week the guys have a TON of news coming out of Disney’s D23 Expo 2017 so they’re covering news bits like:

All that plus the guys talk Spidey Spoilers at 1:27:19 and of course all the tangents.

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Episode #74 – I Think I Can Dance Stars

More news, less not news this week. The guys get down to brass tacks (ok they tangent a bunch too) and cover items like:

  • Jake Busey is the son of Gary Busey, both in life and in The Predator
  • The Accountant 2 is moving forward
  • We come up with a way to make a decent sounding 007 shared universe
  • Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle trailer
  • Alec Baldwin will continue to Trump up SNL
  • Kevin Bacon brings Tremors to SyFy… again
  • More Better Call Saul on it’s way
  • Disney wants to f*ck up Herbie
  • Rick and Morty are back on July 30th
  • Netflix caves and gives Sense8 a send off
  • And they also renew Dear White People for a season 2
  • Meet live action George Jetson
  • Affleck is definitely playing Batman in The Batman
  • Wonder Woman passes The Legal Proceeding domestically
  • All the reasons why we aren’t getting a Superman: Red Son movie
  • Tom Holland confirms a fun fan theory putting Spider-Man in the MCU much earlier
  • Spider-Man: Winter Formal will begin minutes after Avengers 4 ends.
  • The Inhumans trailer doesn’t look amazing
  • Deadpool 2 has started shooting, probably both film and bullets
  • Rosario Dawson is out and Alice Braga is in for New Mutants
  • Quicksilver confirmed for Dark Phoenix, maybe he’ll actually have more than one scene
  • Fox sets dates for 6 upcoming X-films, multiple projects per year

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Weekend Watch – 6/23/17

Welcome to the Weekend Watch. Where we try to point you towards the best ways to spend your viewing time (or, at least, steer you clear of the garbage).

Movies

Transformers – The Last Knight

Loren: I don’t HATE these movies but I don’t really like them. I can’t see myself seeing this in the theater but the weird Arthurian stuff mixed with the even weirder choice of taking the best Transformer and making him the bad guy has me slightly intrigued. Streaming for sure.

RDT: Yeah. This franchise can go fuck itself.

Rick: Look, I know these movies aren’t particularly good (with the exception of Dark of the Moon. I’ll go to bat for that one.), but they play right into my sense of nostalgia. I was that kid who would rush home from school to watch the original series, and I’ve seen nearly every animated incarnation since. Transformers has gone to some weird places in the thirty-plus years it’s been around, and what Bay and Co. are introducing here isn’t entirely out of step with what’s come before. The introduction of elements from the original Transformers: The Movie and the third season of the series, along with bringing back Frank Welker as the voice of Megatron is enough to keep me engaged. So, yeah, I’m in for this.

Jen: King Arthur + Robots + Mark Wahlberg – Any integrity = ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


The Big Sick

Loren: Yeah, I’m not usually the one to rush out to see a romantic comedy in the theater but this looks really great. I like the semi-autobiographical nature of it and it actually looks funny. It deserves all the money it can get.

RDT: I love Kumail and Emily (V. Gordon – I find it difficult not to say her whole name). I regularly listened to their video game podcast back in the day and have been super stoked for this movie since it first crossed my path. I will definitely see it this weekend.

Rick: I won’t rush out to see this in theaters, but it’ll make the queue when it hits Netflix.

Jen: I think I’ve mentioned how much I love Kumail in this space before. I’ve been waiting for this since its smash premier at Sundance. The reviews are glowing and the trailer is funny. The hubby and I may even get a babysitter to make this a night out.


The Beguiled

Loren: That certainly takes a turn doesn’t it? I was all prepared to be like, “well, that’s definitely a movie with some actors we know” but then there’s the poisoning and the unwilling amputation. I may not see it, but at least it’s something against the grain.

RDT: Didn’t see that coming, that’s for sure. I was going to say it sure does look different, but then I saw Rick’s comment mentioning it was a remake. So, yeah. Regardless, it’s likely not for me.

(They cut his dick off, don’t they?)

Rick: I’m usually not one for remakes (the original 1971 version stars Clint Eastwood and was directed by Don Siegel), but this looks so artfully done I can’t help but to want to rush out and see it.

Jen: I’ve never seen the original but this trailer sure peaked my interest. I don’t think I’ll make it to the theater to see it, but if reviews are good, I’ll seek it out on streaming down the line.


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